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The cost of care

Eddie Fardell would like more consistency, clarity and some recognition for professional deputies

5 February 2013

It almost goes without saying that the protection of those most vulnerable in our society is of the utmost importance. The Court of Protection has the huge responsibility of appointing a deputy for those who are unable to deal with their affairs themselves. It is a vital decision and one that cannot be taken lightly. The powers bestowed on a deputy are often wide reaching. This has to be the case so there is the flexibility to administer the vulnerable person’s finances in their best interests.

It is therefore only right that there are some safeguards built in to protect that person and to maintain some element of control over the deputy and their accountability to the court. For example, every deputy, whether professional or lay, is required to take out a security bond to cover loss by way of fraud or negligence. There is, generally speaking, a requirement that every deputy should render an annual account to ...

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